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Launching In Mackinaw City – Post Wedding Trip To Mackinac Island

Mackinaw City seemed to be the logical choice to launch Kismet for our trip to Mackinac Island.

Our son, Skyler, got married to the love of his life, Sarah, on Labor Day Weekend. Most of our summer was focused on this big event; except for a few boat trips, we stayed close to home preparing and enjoying all the activities. I have to confess it took quite a toll on our blogging ability. After it was over, we needed to decompress and Mackinac Island came first to mind. This island is unique in it’s ability to transport a visitor back in time, one of our most favorite cruising destinations; the perfect place to relax and savor the sweet memories, still so fresh in our minds, of Skyler and Sarah’s big day.

We decided to try out the new Mackinaw City Straits Harbor to launch our boat, it seemed the logical choice; it’s free, easily accessed, a strait shot across to the island and we’d heard how state-of-the-art it was, we wanted to check it out. We thought it very strange that so soon after Labor Day, the marina was, as you can see, virtually empty.

Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City

This was our maiden cruise in trying out the new DeLorme InReach, GPS satellite tracker. We were very pleased with how it performed, all we had to do was turn it on when we left home. This is an easy way for family and friends to keep track of us while we’re off cruising.

Check it out on our BoatU.S. Cruising Logs page (upper right-hand corner).

The photo (above) is a good indicator of what’s happened to the water levels in the Great Lakes. We had to climb up and down the ladder to get on and off the boat.

What a small world it is for boaters, when we arrived at Mackinac Island we ran into Peggy and Bob, on Baby Grand. We first met them in the Abaco Islands while doing the Great Loop boat trip in 2009.

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